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Protect yourself against food allergies
Last updated: Friday, October 31, 2014

The majority of food allergies and intolerance reactions are caused by normal foods. Let’s take the example of milk. Most people use milk and milk products without experiencing any ill effects.

However, individuals with a milk intolerance or allergy can react violently to any food that contains milk or milk byproducts.

Cow’s milk allergy
Cow’s milk allergy is very common in children and approximately 2-7,5% of young children react to cow’s milk. The allergic reactions are caused by a whole range of proteins that occur in cow’s milk. The main components of cow’s milk protein are whey and casein.

Some children are only allergic to one of these components, while others react to both. Of the two components, the whey, which is the watery part that is left over when milk curdles and the solid part is removed, tends to cause most of the problems.

Now this is bad news because nowadays so many food products contain whey and/or milk byproducts. So if you or your children suffer from cow’s milk allergy/intolerance you need to be on the look-out for the following when you buy processed foods:
• Milk, buttermilk, milk solids
• Whey, whey powder
• Curds, lactose, casein, caseinate (e.g. calcium caseinate, etc)
• Margarine, cream, cheese, butter, yoghurt
• Lactalbumin, lactoglobulin
• Caramel colour

If you see any of these components on a food label, don’t use it if you have a milk allergy.

This list illustrates how easy it is to be exposed to cow’s milk and its byproducts even if you never drink a glass of milk. So be vigilant and read the labels.

Health tip: If you have a cow’s milk allergy/intolerance and cut out all foods that contain the above-mentioned list of ingredients, you will run the risk of developing calcium, riboflavin and vitamin D d ... Read more


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